Victorian State Lead Titles

What a weekend! Over two massive days Cliffhanger hosted the Victorian State Lead Titles and with the tallest walls in Australia and over 150 competitors – the largest competition we have ever hosted – the only thing that was guaranteed was pumped forearms!

Daniel Fisher (ACT) took out the Open A Male division with a solid performance on all three routes and clinched it from an in-form Campbell Harrison (fresh from his NSW State Titles win) by a single hold in the final, with James Kassay finishing in third. In the Open A Female division Oceana Mackenzie was the clear winner and we are excited to see what the year brings for her as she travels internationally to represent Australia. Lucy Stirling (QLD) and Charlotte Garden (TAS) took out second and third respectively. It was fantastic to see so many interstate athletes making the trip down to challenge the Victorians and hopefully some of our athletes can return the favour in the coming weeks! The youth competition was also a packed event with some of the most determined little athletes we’ve ever seen along with the seasoned Youth A and Junior competitors, some of whom also made their mark in the Open A category.

For full results of all categories, click here.

Para-climbing featured for the second time in a Victorian state competition, with Eddie Sparks and Russell Harrison competing. Eddie would love to have more competitors in this division so please encourage any who may be interested to get involved. In support of this initiative, Adaptive Climbing Victoria will be running meet up groups this year for anyone interested and all abilities are welcome.

Visit the Adaptive Climbing Facebook group to keep up-to-date.

Thanks must go to all the SCV and SCA officials; in particular Jury President Steph Gooden, Head Judges Gaetan Riou & Phil Goebel, and Head Setter Sam Junker, along with their dedicated teams of route-setters and volunteers.

Thanks also go to the event sponsors Cliffhanger for sponsoring the massive $1000 Open A winning cash prize – not to mention hosting the event over two days! – and Bogong Equipment for the second and third place prizes. TNUT were also a major sponsor and provided sets of delicious new holds for the finals! We also had minor sponsors providing heaps of swag that everyone was in the running for through random prize draws including: Carmans, Patagonia, Rock Hardware, Trees Adventure, Grampians Edge Caravan Park, Climbing Anchors and OMA Shopfitting who provided the wood for our brand new podium.

A final thank you to all the competitors and spectators for making it a great event with a fantastic atmosphere and some impressive climbing on display.  We wish all the climbers the best of luck with what will be a fantastic year of competition in the lead up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, and we look forward to following all the action.

– James Gooden, Sport Climbing Victoria Board Member

NSW State Lead and Speed – Results

The competition lead and speed season started in style on 9 and 10 February in NSW.   There was a large team of Victorians who ventured north to battle it out for the top spot with Campbell Harrison doing just that coming first in Open A Male for lead.

Also heading to NSW to represent Victoria for lead in Open A Female was Sarah McKenzie (13th), Grace Crowley (14th) and Emma Crow (15th); in Masters Female we had Faye McKenzie (3rd); in Paraclimbing Russell Harrison (1st); Youth A Male Liam Buchanan (13th); Youth A Female Emma Crow (3rd), Grace Crowley (7th) and Bronte Wiggins (9th); Youth B Male Jack Burch (9th); Youth C Female Maya Stasiuk (1st), Zoe Puglisi (5th), Kiara Burch (8th) and Jody Wong (10th) and finally Youth D Female Jaime Wong (1st).

For full lead results, click here.

Many Victorians also took the opportunity to compete in speed while in NSW.  Special mention to Matthew Austin who took the clean sweep in Open A Male and Youth A Male coming first in both categories.  Close behind him was Campbell Harrison coming 2nd in Open A.  Grace Crowley also competed in both Opens and her Youth Category coming 3rd and 1st respectively. Emma Crow was the final Open competitor (6th) with Jessica Buchanan (6th Youth B Female), Jody Wong (5th Youth C Female), Kiara Burch (3rd Youth C Female) and Jaime Wong (2nd Youth D Female) rounding out the youth competitors.

For full speed results, click here.

Congratulations to all those who competed.

It is fantastic to see numbers travelling to interstate competitions increasing as the sport continues to grow throughout Australia on the way to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

In recent weeks Sport Climbing Australia also announced the postponement of Open Nationals for 2019 with the date yet to be confirmed.  We will update you as soon as a date is confirmed.

If you were planning to head to QLD State Lead Titles this date has also been postponed to a later date to coincide with Nationals.

 

2019 SCV Membership

Now is the time to sign up for your 2019 SCV membership! Sign up or renew by 31 January, 2019 and go into the draw for a chance to win a pair of La Sportiva climbing shoes thanks to Bogong Equipment.

Visit our benefits page to see what your membership can do for you.

There are two levels of membership: State and National.  By purchasing either you automatically become a member of SCV.

Click here to sign up now!

2019 Victorian State Lead Titles

We are very excited to announce the Victorian State Lead Titles being held at Cliffhanger Climbing Gym on 16-17 February, 2019.  This two day event will be a spectacular event with a cash prize of $1,000 to the Open A winners thanks to our hosting gym.

Competitors

If you wish to compete, please head to the SCA website to register.  Registration costs $50 until 13 February and $80 after this date.

Click here to register to compete.

Volunteers

Don’t want to compete but love to be involved?  We are seeking volunteers for judging, belaying (top-rope and lead) and isolation steward.  Some jobs require no prior experience so everyone is welcome to volunteer.

Click here to volunteer.

Event Details

Date: Saturday and Sunday 16-17 February, 2019
Location: Cliffhanger Climbing Gym, rear of Westgate Sports Centre, 61-65 Dohertys Rd, Altona North

2019 International Bouldering and Paraclimbing Teams Announced

Sport Climbing Australia has recently announced the International Bouldering and Paraclimbing teams for 2019.  We are very excited to see 3 Victorians make the team.  Congratulations to Oceana Mackenzie, Campbell Harrison and Ned Middlehurst.

This announcement includes the first Paraclimbing Team that Sport Climbing Australia has had and it will be exciting to see paraclimbing continue to grow throughout Australia.  Here in Victoria, we have Vertical Horizons who are working with local business to develop an adaptive climbing community.  Contact us today to find out more.

The lead and speed teams will be announced later this year and we are hopeful for several Victorians to make the team.

Click here to view the full Bouldering team.

 

Women and Working in Climbing – Public Forum

As part of the ‘Change our Game Workforce Development Program’ funding we received earlier this year we are pleased to announce the Women & Working in Climbing – Public Forum. The output of this will allow us to create a strategic document focusing on supporting female climbing coaches and to better understand current challenges and opportunities within Victoria. This document will ensure that we consider the needs of women and support them to develop and grow into coaching roles as well as senior leadership positions in our sport.

To help achieve this, Sport Climbing Victoria (SCV) has been successful in securing Ellie Howard, an experienced female coach from the Austrian national climbing team to travel to Melbourne for the first week of December. The forum will also be joined by Dr Bridie O’Donnell from the office of Women in Sport and Recreation.

Howard is visiting climbing gyms around the state and interviewing climbing coaches and facility managers to understand our current coaching capabilities before making recommendations in the strategic document.

To get the best possible outcome we need your input. We invite you to attend this public forum and inform us of the challenges you face when developing your career in climbing as a woman. It’s important to note that this event is by women for women and includes non-normative gender identities and we welcome all individuals who identify as such.

Details:

Date: Wednesday 5 December, 2018
Time: 7-9pm
Location: Upstairs Yoga Space, Urban Climb Collingwood, 29-41 Down St, Collingwood

To RSVP please visit the Facebook event and click ‘going’.

New Board Elected

On Sunday 18 November we held our Annual General Meeting (AGM) and a new board was elected. There was a terrific turn out to run through the year and celebrate the SCV Awards.

Please join us in welcoming our new board:

President: Phil Goebel
Vice President: Roisin Briscoe
Secretary: Ellen White-Mackenzie
Treasurer: Ally Driessen

Ordinary Board Members:

  • Tim Addicoat
  • James Gooden
  • Steph Gooden
  • Yvette Harrison
  • Katie Kaminsky
  • Karen Powell
  • Gaetan Riou

Congratulations for all those elected.

We would also like to thank our out-going board members: Denise Wootten, Sophie Bell and Karl Bromelow for their dedicated work throughout 2018.

 

SCV Awards

Today marked the inaugural SCV awards where we recognised those individuals who dedicated themselves to climbing throughout 2018. Many aspects of climbing were incorporated from Ascent of the Year right through to Climber of the Year.

We received a massive 44 nominations for individuals, groups and companies which were then considered by the SCV Board who determined the overall winners.

Congratulations to those members of our community who received an award:

Gym of the Year: Bayside Rock

 

Coach of the Year: Will Hammersla

Volunteer of the Year: Ingemar Johnsson*

*Torsten Johnsson accepting on Ingemar Johnsson’s behalf

Community Project of the Year: CliffCare Victoria*

*Ally Driessen accepting on CliffCare Victoria’s behalf

Leadership Award: Romain Thevenot

Team of the Year: Bayside Rock Youth Team

Ascent of the Year: Liam Buchanan

Young Climber of the Year (Male): Ned Middlehurst

Young Climber of the Year (Female): Oceana Mackenzie

Climber of the Year (Male): James Kassay

 

Climber of the Year (Female): Ashlee Hendy*

*Romain Thevenot  accepting on Ashlee Hendy’s behalf

Thank you to all those who came down and helped us celebrate!

These awards will continue in 2019, with the option for members of the community to vote on those individuals, groups or companies who are nominated.

Sport Climbing Victoria AGM

The Sport Climbing Victoria (SCV) AGM will be held on Sunday 18 November, 2018. Come join us for a climb, lunch (on us!) and the inaugural SCV Awards presentation where we will celebrate those individuals who have dedicated themselves to climbing in 2018.

There will be a formal part of the meeting where we will vote in the 2019 SCV board and vote on a constitutional change.  If you wish to nominate yourself to be a board member please fill out and return a nomination form here.

AGM Documentation:

Agenda
Proxy Vote Form
Nomination Form
Proposed Constitutional Amendment

Details:

Date: Sunday 18 November, 2018.
Time: 1pm – 3pm  (Join us for a climb beforehand!)
Location: Urban Climb Collingwood, 29/41 Down Street, Collingwood.

We look forward to seeing you there!

*A Notice of AGM was sent to all members on Saturday 27 October, 2018 via email.  If you are an SCV member and did not receive this email please contact us at contact@sportclimbingvictoria.com.au.

Youth Olympic Games – Ned Middlehurst

In a historic event that saw Sport Climbing enter the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018 as an official sport, Victoria was lucky to be represented by Ned Middlehurst who qualified for the Australian Olympic Team last year at the Oceania Championships.

The opening ceremony was held on 6 October 2018 with climbing one of the first sports to compete. Women qualifications for all three disciplines (speed, lead and boulder) were held on Sunday 7 October 2018. This gave Middlehurst an additional day to prepare for his competition with the men’s qualification held on Monday 8 October.

Middlehurst finished 21st in Speed, 19th in boulder and 18th in lead to give him a combined rank of 21st.

For full results, click here.

We caught up with Middlehurst to hear about this extraordinary experience:

“Representing Australia at the first Youth Olympic Games was really quite special. As it was the first time that climbing was in the Olympics it made the experience quite special and unique.

My overall performance was a little questionable but I had fun nonetheless. All in all I definitely rate climbing being in the Olympic format and having climbing on such a high level as the Olympics is really something special and something that can really push this sport forward.”

Congratulations Ned on making the Olympic Team and we look forward to seeing what Middlehurst does next!